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My idol for as long as I can remember is George Plimpton, American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and occasional amateur sportsman. Plimpton is renowned for “participatory journalism” which included competing in professional sporting events, acting in a Western, performing a comedy act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and playing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His influence on me spanned my career and inspired me to be a career coach;  producer, engineer and talent scout for London Records; host my own radio show on WSTC/WNLK; produce and host for public television; write several books; perform at iconic venues like CBGBs and Nashville’s Bluebird Café; head-up my own record label; serve as a senior leader for companies including MCI, Cablevision and Cablevision; and even take a motorcycle trip across Egypt featured in New York Rider. I am a staunch believer that you can achieve fulfillment and do meaningful work at any age.

I was thrilled to see a recent article by Kevin Evers in the Harvard Business Review entitled, The Art of Blooming Late in which he captures the feelings of so many: “Even if you never hope to reach Mozart’s level of mastery, you may relate to his need to break free from convention. Maybe you feel as if your job is like painting by numbers. Maybe you’ve done everything right—excelled at school, worked hard, and landed a good, high-paying job—but you’re tired of being just like everyone else. Maybe you yearn to achieve something that is unmistakably you.” Continue reading THE ART OF BLOOMING LATE

How-To Not Self-Sabotage Your Remote Job Interview

Remote interviewing has taken center stage with employers who are looking to screen job applicants. It’s a trend that has been increasing in recent years but has escalated dramatically with COVID-19’s impact on being unable to travel for in-person interviews. Social distancing has quickly made virtual interviewing a recruiting staple so it’s to your benefit to master it. Continue reading How-To Not Self-Sabotage Your Remote Job Interview

What the Plumen 001 light bulb and career reinvention have in common

As far back as I can remember, my life and career have been influenced by something an industrial designer created. My Austin Healey “bug eyes” Sprite gave me my first high school taste of freedom and independence, my Silvertone 1448 electric guitar with an amplifier built into the case was my gateway into the world of rock & roll and my custom motorcycle fueled my ability to design a career path based on my passions.


If you look around, everything that surrounds you was created by an industrial designer and each design was the answer to a problem. And, design thinking itself has been the bedrock of my work with my career coaching clients: creating meaningful careers by design.  Continue reading What the Plumen 001 light bulb and career reinvention have in common

The Résumé Rider: Flying Fleas and the Senior Job Market

As the proud baby boomer owner of a Royal Enfield Bullet in military green as well as being a gypsy army brat, I was thrilled to see the company announce that it’s reviving the Flying Flea as a limited edition bike under the name Pegasus, a symbol of the British airborne divisions. Continue reading The Résumé Rider: Flying Fleas and the Senior Job Market

Mel Carson on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

In his bestselling Introduction to Personal Branding, Mel Carson  provides a short crash course (the book should take less than an hour to read or listen to) on what personal branding is and how to take your first steps toward perfecting your personal brand. The book provides actionable tactics you can employ immediately in order to start becoming more memorable within your career niche and grow your network. Continue reading Mel Carson on DESIGN YOU with Dr. Garrison Leykam

Patrick J. McGinnis on DESIGN YOU Radio

Choosing between the stability of a traditional career and the upside of entrepreneurship? Why not have both?

Becoming a full-time entrepreneur can look glamorous from the outside. Who doesn’t want to chase their dreams, be their own boss, and do what they love? But the truth is that entrepreneurship is often a slog, with no regular hours, no job security, and very little pay.

What if there was a way to have the stability of a day job with the excitement of a startup? All of the benefits of entrepreneurship with none of the pitfalls? Continue reading Patrick J. McGinnis on DESIGN YOU Radio